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Tyneside North
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Stephen Byers, who has forced his way into a high-profile role in the Cabinet since the Labour government was elected in 1997, has an ultra safe seat on the north bank of the Tyne east of Newcastle, and some miles inland, covering North Shields, Longbenton and the fortress-like Killingworth Township. It is a fitting platform from which his ambition may vault.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Stephen Byers, Trade & Industry Secretary, has enjoyed a meteoric rise since his election in 1992, assisted no doubt by the airbrushing of his moustache in 1995 - contemporaneously with Peter Mandelson. A sometime Bennite and a local polytechnic lecturer, he was born in 1953 and attended a grammar school and FE college in Chester and Liverpool Polytechnic. A Gould, not Smith, voter in 1992, he moved significantly in a Blairite direction in provocatively calling during the 1996 TUC Congress for looser Labour links with the unions, and as DTI Secretary has managed to deflect blame for major car and steelworks closures onto duplicitous foreigners. As schools standards minister in 1998 he failed the Dan Quayle test when answering "54" to the question "What is 7 times 8?" That aside, he is clearly one of Tony Blair's effortlessly rising suits - the face of New Labour managerial competence.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 2.42% 14.99% 16.12
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.16% 2.49% 6.54
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.43% 4.43% 54.95
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.29% 7.27% 113.98
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.94% 2.56% 36.80
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 12.72% 13.04% 97.53
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.77% 12.70% 69.06
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 21.84% 8.14% 268.25
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 7.71% 3.19% 241.93
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 25.68% 11.31% 227.06
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 6.07% 3.06% 198.17
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.96% 2.52% 117.68
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 12.61% 9.41% 133.95
5-10K 21.80% 16.63% 131.07
10-15K 19.53% 16.58% 117.79
15-20K 14.23% 13.58% 104.74
20-25K 9.74% 10.39% 93.68
25-30K 6.57% 7.77% 84.48
30-35K 4.45% 5.79% 76.75
35-40K 3.04% 4.33% 70.18
40-45K 2.11% 3.27% 64.53
45-50K 1.48% 2.48% 59.62
50-55K 1.05% 1.90% 55.33
55-60K 0.76% 1.47% 51.54
60-65K 0.55% 1.15% 48.19
65-70K 0.41% 0.91% 45.21
70-75K 0.31% 0.72% 42.54
75-80K 0.23% 0.57% 40.14
80-85K 0.18% 0.46% 37.97
85-90K 0.13% 0.37% 36.00
90-95K 0.10% 0.31% 34.21
95-100K 0.08% 0.25% 32.58
100K + 0.34% 1.34% 25.16

Local Map of the constituency
Tyneside North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Tyneside North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.72%)
Conservative (- 12.33%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.45%)
Conservative (0.86%) Liberal Democrat (1.82%)
Labour (-  3.17%)
Con - 12.33%
Lab 11.72%
LD - 2.45%
Con 0.86%
Lab - 3.17%
LD 1.82%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Stephen Byers
Labour hold
Con Conservative (14.53%) 5,459 14.53%
Lab Labour (69.54%) 26,127 69.54%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.37%) 4,649 12.37%
Oth Other (3.55%) 1,334 3.55%
Maj Majority (55.01%) 20,668 55.01%
Turn Turnout (57.88%) 37,569 57.88%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Stephen Byers
Labour hold
SA Pete Burnett 324 0.86%
L Stephen Byers 26,127 69.54%
SL Ken Capstick 240 0.64%
LD Simon Reed 4,649 12.37%
C Mark Ruffell 5,459 14.53%
UK Alan Taylor 770 2.05%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Stephen Byers
Labour
Con Conservative (13.67%) 6,167 13.67%
Lab Labour (72.72%) 32,810 72.72%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.55%) 4,762 10.55%
Ref Referendum (3.06%) 1,382 3.06%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (59.05%) 26,643 59.05%
Turn Turnout (67.90%) 45,121 67.90%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (26.00%) 13,130 26.00%
Lab Labour (61.00%) 30,764 61.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.00%) 6,580 13.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (34.90%) 17,634 34.90%
Turn Turnout (73.83%) 50,474 73.83%

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